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NorthernBandit / Burt K. Arthur / Blog

Insight of everything...

...We all try to abide by the same guidelines, it does not always work out for everyone.

I don't perform live...in my younger days it is what I wanted to do...today, I do not have the desire or the ambition to Act out in front of others...it is no longer a natural solution to the concern...

I rather am much more comfortable creating music in a Recorded medium...and I am fine with that.

What I will tell you though that it is the LIVE setting, the Energy of The PERFORMANCE that I still strive to, it is what makes music alive!

...I hope when you listen to NorthernBandit, thats me Burt K. Arthur, Mississippi Fats or any other of the thousands of other Artists who strive for similar quality...you take the time to acknowledge the effort by liking our pages and giving a little hoorah to the reasons why we Rock and Roll...

Thanks so much for your support!

It is our Future...

There is only what is and what was...was the past, tomorrow is a new day!

All the Artists you have ever come in contact with, who have touched your soul will at some point reach into you and draw out inspiration in you to create something you never knew you had...

...it is not a matter to gloat over, it is a shared experience.

To give of freely and to ask nothing but to be grateful for the excitement of the very thing you once knew and now has come about it honest genuine Art.

The spirit of the Universe is always upon us...it is weather you are ready to receive and deliver the gift.

Music, it is what we need.

Try it....anything!

Like EVERYTHING in our lifes what we think is right may be for the one but not for the other...the perfect example is just this...If you ever get the opportunity to hear or read about the old guard like Frank Zappa, or Jimmy Page and many other Pop non-Pop Artists you will find that the song they liked, thought would sell and didn't and the one they never imagined would did, just goes to show you how wrong one person can be...George Carlin said it best..." Nail two shingles together and some schmuck will buy it " It's not as perdictable as you might think. As The Eagles...also wrote and sang " Get Over it "! You will either love what you do and never make it to stardom or you might work really hard and get a glimps of glory...but what you won't get if you try to design your way through it is happy...You just have to throw the mud at the wall and see if it sticks...if not move on.

Been a long time...

Howdy Y'all, It has been a long time, January, this year since I rolled something down the pike ( Music Highway ) to you. Not necessarily on purpose but no doubt life can change direction any ol way if you know what I mean.

What I am hoping for is something to come about this fall, I have been entertaining an idea that has been slow to come forward but...I can tell you it will be as the way I feel...Hard Rockin and Bluesy too. hope y'all are enjoying your summer and as one of my Hero's in Rock sings..."Keep On Rockin In The Free world"!

Thinking is the only way to travel...

I am not a very learned man...pretty simple at best and way too complicated to arrive at any solution of the most common of dilemma's I might face let alone any other human soul...but having said that I believe there is something that can be said about any man who is willing to try...the only way any of us become good at anything is from our trying and failing...eventually we gain talent or we try something else...

You tell me...

For all of you who are Reverb Family...

Years ago it seems we could get together as friends and have great conversations...talk about all aspects of music life, discuss gear, a current song we were working on, ask a few delicate questions and make incorrigible suggestions to one another...Hah, me thinks some of us might have lost some gray matter because it doesn't seem like anyone is thinking out there anymore on this terms. We do make all kinds of excuses and some make none at all...that's ok, we will just move on but what is surprising is that for the vastly huge number of musicians that appear to be active here...the effort to be Entertaining is less then the media represents...So many complain about how Rock is Dead and criticize those who comment but the truth revealed shows the more accurate side of the matter. It still is work plain and simple even if it's only as a serious hobby I represent. Imagine if I was trying to make a living here...that would make a world of difference but the dilemma still prevails.

We all need to support each other in comment and reinforcement...this I have tried to do. My hope for the future...for young and old Artists alike is that the only reason the old guard has held it together for so long is because they stay strong together... ...United we Rock divided we don't stand a chance!

As one of my Hero's in Rock wrote...Mr. Neil Young!

" Keep On Rockin In The Free Word "

What is your definition...

So why does anyone pick a specific Guitar to play? Not everyone focuses on that aspect...

...if you can make it talk, hell that might be all you'll ever need...but it's not that simple for most of us.

I grew up in the 70's actually the late Fifties and Sixties...when the music industry was Entertainment...not a hobby.

People did music as a livelyhood...a business, a rough business. It takes a special kind of soul to stay with it...

Of course, with time people get the opportunity to choose what they want...being inspired by Artists in music usually produces like beings and it comes down to copying or asimulating your favorite Artist style, mannerisms and gear.

Having said that it comes down to looks how the guitar fits in your hands...feels around your neck, I imagine Les Paul when he first built the LOG...might have said (...I'm going to have to fix this! ) and of course we have today the wonderful Les Paul Standard, thank you very much.

There has always been and will always be those that prefere one version over anyother...my choice 1960, it ironic...that was the year my mother died and my wife was born but then I think it hardly likely that those things are connected aye?

What I do find interesting is my truely basic desire for simplicity in the finish...Standard as opposed to Flame topped LP's.

It has to look, sound and feel right...after all it is an extension of who you are, a part of your soul..not unlike a camera that takes your picture...the Guitar is a portrait you hold in your hands that says who you are or perceive yourself to be.

Hail Hail Rock and Roll!

Rock and Roll

Rock and Roll

Unofficial: The Dream·Saturday, July 22, 2017

. Now theres a topic we could go on and on about for a very long time... The nature of my intrest has been what many have surmised as the basis of humanity since the mid-fifties but it goes much further back than that. For guy’s like myself it has always been...Girls, Cars and Guitars. Not necessarily in order but along with that statements and the need for adventure in what ever form it will take. When society bent it’s ways away from staunch conservatism many said the world was “ Going to Hell in a hand basket “ , well it was headed that way long before Rock and Roll and alot of reason to play and listen to hip swinging music accompanied by expressive elivated vocals. But even before that...social gatherings brought people together under different curcumstances and musical conditions ranging from Jazz to The Blues...creating an undertow of expression on numerious levels of experience. So every generation grasps at something to hold on to, I happen to love the fact that I grew up in the merging era of Rock music birthed on the tail end of “ Rock and Roll” but I also relish the fact that I too became emersed in “The Blues” and have never been able to let it go. We as youngsters would hear and read about “ The Evil “ of Rock and Roll and in the same breath we would scream out “ Hell No “ and turn the Radio volume up as loud as our ears could take. We were Free! Without any regret I live my life...have loved ever minute of it through pain and happiness and am still Rockin out. Sometime regression is a good thing however as with all good things unless there is some room for change bordom and dull experiences prevail. Remember to have fun...

Have you ever listened to Jimmy Rogers?

Greeting Y'al,

How ya doin?

I got the chance to reflect about this song after listing to a songwriter from England talking in an interview on NPR about among many things the Skiffle craze that took place in the 50's and how early folk music got started and The Blues became a guitar based medium as never before...

An Artist who was prominent during those time for the Brits was Jimmy Rogers...who wrote lyrics about trains and destinations and such...the thing that caught me off guard was I never listened to Jimmy Rogers and didn't know about his particular style but what I understand now how much he influenced early Rockers and the music scene back then.

So my song here is ironic at best because the lyric starts out so unassuming yet follows a familiar line that so many would recognize who if any have waited and ridden on a Train.

I hope you take the time to have a listen...other than the subject many that is where the similarity ends...

Let me introduce you..." Good Luck "

What do you know...

What do you know...

Unofficial: The Dream·Saturday, July 15, 2017 .

All our musical lifes, if you are a Musician...A Rock and Roller what have you, at some point we have read, or listened to someones story. Someone like your good friiend in another Band or a professional Artist who railed on about this great engineer or producer who nailed the sound on their most recent Studio endeavor and we wonder in the misdt of what we are doing...will that ever happen for me? I probably am not the one to follow advise from...if you are looking to make an income from your efforts...I chose the other path but I think the road to success is simular, the decisions you have to make however do take a more adult direction if you are going to survive and feed yourself by playing music. I don’t want to get off tangent here so let me get back to why I started this conversation. If there was only one element to being who you are in Music and Art it is about finding yourself and being who you are above anything else. It does take some time. Progression is your friend. Having said that not everyone grows at the same level...so be kind to yourself and others, time is your friend if you love what you do. There is that old saying, I have been told it as well as many others too when asked, what do you do Musically...and you tell them oh, I play guitar or I write music...usually the first thing you will hear someone who is older say “ Don’t quite your day job “ I’m sure some of them meant well by this reccommendation but it does nothing but bring decent and ill feelings to someone who is trying to be creative and alive. Just remember where you have come from and be truthful to yourself and you will go a long way in life. I started out playing in a Covers Band three or four to be exact, playing music the best I could of other Artists and was inspired by so many...it was an exciting time but then came that moment when I realized I had to make a change, I was not happy trying to play the established Artists styles, I was not of their spirit...it was time that I started learning how to be me. I have never considered it a brave move...it is what I had to and wanted to do. I suppose you could call it a passionant challenge. You have to have passion about the things you love. It should come naturally... ...I could go on here along while but I won’t except to add one final thing, If you do anything be receptive to what comes your way...find out the direction you wish to go and follow it...don’t let anyone tell you what you are doing is for not. Rock and Roll.